In line with his promise to rebrand the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, the Acting Comptroller-General of Customs, Dr. John Atte, yesterday swung into action, by carrying a shake-up in the NCS’ hierarchy.
The exercise affected five Customs Comptrollers, who were redeployed to new commands and zones.
Among other things, the move is aimed at achieving the Service 2015 revenue target.
In his speech, Atte charged the affected Comptrollers to take over their new positions seriously so as to collectively re-sharpen the Service apparatus for better productivity in the nation’s economy.
In a statement signed by the Deputy Public Relations Officer, Joseph Attah and made available to journalists in Abuja, he listed Comptroller Amade A of Zone A Headquarters, Federal Operation Unit, FOU ‘A’; Comptroller Azarema A of Modernisation, Port Harcourt; Comptroller Madugu S. J. CTC, Ikeja; Seme Comptroller Kuffi DG, Port Harcourt ISR & P and Comptroller Ndalati GGM, Seme
S R & P as those affected by the redeployment.
Attah said the redeployment is with immediate effect.
Upon assumption of duty last week, Atte had promised to wipe out corruption in the Service as well as increase its revenue-generation capacity.
He gave marching orders to all Customs’ commands and units to brace up for the new challenges.
Atte also directed Area Comptrollers to increase weekly average revenue from the current N13billion to N35billion while all illegal taskforces and patrols were banned with immediate effect.
These were part of the outcome of his maiden meeting with senior officers of the NCS at its corporate headquarters in Abuja.
The strategy session of Customs Management and Area Comptrollers, presided over by Dr. Atte, was convened to discuss various areas of revenue leakages and put in place measures to plug them.
Atte, formerly a Deputy Comptroller-General, DCG, in charge of Finance, Administration and Technical Service, FATS, took over from the immediate past Comptroller-General of Customs, CGC, Abdullahi Dikko on Wednesday last week.
He was the most senior officer and will hold forth till President Muhammadu Buhari either confirms him or appoints a new CGC. He is known in the Service as Mr. Anti-Corruption by colleagues because of his zero-tolerance for corruption and illegal activities of any sort.

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